Sunday, 15 June 2014

Much sewing, much sun, much fun.....

What a glorious week of warm sunny summer weather - it makes such a difference.  Everyone is smiling.  And so much patchwork done too - I am feeling a great sense of achievement.
I have just collected 3 baby quilts that have been long arm quilted for me by Carole at "Butterfly":
Two of these are for my expected grand-daughter:  The front was made at a weekly Monday class out at Cowslip:

 and the backing has lots of dinasaurs - this is the theme for the nursery!  Such fun - so hopefully the above quilt will be used "double sided"!  The small quilt below is for the crib, pram/buggy/car seat - etc. etc.
And then this quilt is for a baby which is now a week overdue, ready and waiting to go!:
I have machined the bindings on the fronts, and now just have to hand sew around the backs.  As I am off up to Nottingham tomorrow to spend the week with my dear old Mum I have saved this to do whilst sitting with her.  I think she will love seeing what I have made for her great grand-daughter.
I have been busy making more quilts which I took for long arm quilting when I collected these 3:
This one is for a friend who will be 60 later this year:
I love this pattern, it is from Jo Colwill's book.  It comes together so beautifully and looks different with every different choice of fabric colours.  This one has lots of garden animals/creatures on it:  when it comes back quilted I will show you in more detail.
I also had made another three baby quilts (lots of babies due this year!) plus a fun quilt for an 8 year old girl.

I will post them all when they have been quilted.
As well as much patchwork I have being cross-stitching in the evenings:  this is my latest finish:
I LOVE the words (so so true), and have used beautiful variegated threads from Tamar Embroideries.  I am currently still working on Noah's Ark and the Prairie Schooler A-B-C - a very large project.  I will take pictures for my next Blog.

For those of you who have been following our Blue Tits, they have now all fledged.  We were so sad to see them go but happy that all 7 survived.  This is the last photo of them in the nest (with mum on the right feeding them):  they were gone the next morning:
It was quite remarkable watching their progress.  It was 7 weeks from the first twigs and fluff in the nest to when 7 fully fledged blue tits flew away, 3 weeks after hatching.  Their growth progress was so quick - the parents were kept very busy.  I cannot emphasize how much fun it has been watching nature like this.  Our own personal Springwatch!
Last Thursday evening was so sunny and warm, we drove down into Plymouth (something we do not do very often!) and we discovered the Royal William Dockyard.  What an amazing place, right by the sea of course with old Royal Navy buildings and many restaurants etc.  We ate at the River Cottage Canteen - probably the best meal we have ever had!
I wonder if you can read the menu? I hope so!  Click on the photo to enlarge -  Yummy ......

This huge ship - with a helicopter at the back -came into port as we sat there:

It was just a perfect evening - Mount Edgcumbe is the backdrop.  Highly recommended if you are ever in Plymouth.
My little vegetable garden is thriving, I am so thrilled.  Everything is growing so well:  the lettuces are nearly ready to eat, and the celery, sweetcorn, runner beans and red cabbage look bigger very day.  I guess it is perfect growing weather - after much rain warm sunshine.  And the 2 plum trees are laden with fruit - I can see jars of jam and chutney being made before too long - I cannot wait to taste my home grown produce!

Thank you for popping by and viewing my busy fun filled days at Ward Cottage, doing what I love the most - sewing patchwork, making heirlooms for family and special friends that I love, and enjoying our garden and the beautiful surroundings of Devon.


  1. All the quilts are lovely -- So many of them too! So cool about the baby birds. It's amazing how fast their life cycle is. Love the saying on your stitching as well -- so true!

  2. Angie the quilts are wonderful. I especially like the one that has rabbits on some of the squares. I wad inPlymouth last summer to visit Saltram. It was lovely.

  3. Love all your quilts, Angie! You have been busy!! So glad to hear that all the birdies have survived. How wonderful to watch them hatch and grow. That menu looks quite yummy! Some inspiration for making my dinner!

  4. I hope all these lucky babies will keep your/their quilts forever and cherish all the love you have put into them! Have a nice time with your mum - hope you have left the veg plot in good hands! xCathy